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Erik Spoelstra’s wife Nikki Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra, Nikki Spoelstra

In case you didn’t already know, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is married to a former team cheerleader. Her name is Nikki Spoelstra, who once went by the name Niki Sapp before she tied the knot with the Miami shot-caller. Here’s a little bit more about coach Spo’s better half.

Nikki Sapp was born on March 22, 1987, in Florida. She is half Puerto Rican. While she may be most known as the wife of two-time NBA champion coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat, as well as being a former dancer of the team, the reality is that Nikki actually has a very intriguing background before she rose to fame. As a matter of fact, it would be a disservice to label her as a mere ex-cheerleader.

Nikki attended Miami International University of Art & Design. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and apparently, she did so on a full scholarship. Nikki previously held the position of director in the renowned Guy Hepner Contemporary Art Gallery located in West Hollywood, California. According to reports, she shuttled back and forth from Miami to Los Angeles to attend to her duties as the gallery’s head honcho.

Nikki also used to be a teacher. She previously taught Language Arts to middle school students in South Florida. She actually excelled in this field, once being honored with the Teacher of the Year award for her impressive work.

Nikki first met coach Spo during her stint as a Heat dancer, a gig that she started when she was just 18. She was still a student at that time. The pair reportedly began dating after Nikki left the team and was already a director in the Hollywood art gallery. Erik and Nikki tied the knot in 2016. They have two boys — Santiago (born in 2018) and Dante (born in 2019). In June of 2022, the couple announced that they were expecting a third child. It was later revealed that they were expecting a baby girl.


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Nikki hosts her own podcast named The Know with Nikki Spo. According to her wesbite, the podcast aims “to highlight stories of tenacious women.”